• Jan 6th 2009 at 12:29PM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the Pontiac G8 ST

Hold on to your Budweiser coozies: Details are scarce at the moment, but Pickuptruck.com is reporting that Pontiac has quietly euthanized plans to introduce the 2010 Pontiac G8 ST. The muscular G8-based trucklet was to signal the re-emergence of the unibody pickup in North America, a genre once populated with vehicles like the Chevrolet El Camino and Ford Ranchero, along with smaller front-drive moppets like the Volkswagen Rabbit pickup and Dodge Rampage.

The Austrailian-built rear-drive G8 ST was to arrive with V8 power, a 74-inch cargo hold, and a 3500-pound towing capacity, making it less capable than full-size body-on-frame pickups like General Motors' own Silverado/GMC Sierra twins, with the predicted trade-off of markedly better handling and fuel economy.

The ST was to launch as a 2010 model later this year, and prices were rumored to start in the low $30k range. Although we are unsurprised to learn of the truck's cancellation (as GM is actively slimming down its portfolio and the baby muscle pickup was expected to serve as a small-volume niche model), we can't help but get a little misty-eyed at the loss of what promised to be a truly epic donut-making machine. G8 ST, we hardly knew ye...


[Source: Pickuptruck.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank God they aborted this one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok, so if this is in fact true...then how does an automobile company (who is in trouble) invest so much time and $ in a product to then pull it before it's even sold. Why not sell these in limited numbers and at least recoop some of the development and marketing $?? To simply shelve an idea, oh I dunno....90% past the initial phase...seems wasteful and ignorant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Did GM really need to spend much on this? Its an existing product with a front cip from another exiting product. The marketing was minimal. We have no idea how much federalization and crash testing (if any) this thing needed exclusive of the G8. Continuing to spend money on a bad idea is continuing to feed a money pit. Cut your loses and move on. This mistake should not have been made to begin with. The wagon is a better option but even it would probably not be worth the investment given the small market and better established models on the market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good. Something like this is not needed in Pontiac's lineup. It's ugly, and would probably sell as well as the SSR. There are a handful of people who would buy it.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Pontiac should keep only the G8 sedan and the Solstice. It should be a niche,RWD brand.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Way to go GM. A pickup that is actually aerodynamic and fun to drive? Nah, Americans wouldn't like that. They want gigantic bricks that handle like elephant dung.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The thing that people (including GM and GM fanboys) seem to be missing here is that people are looking for smaller, more economical vehicles. Gigantic full-size pickups do NOT fall into that category and GM does not have a compact pickup in it's lineup at all.

        What GM should do with this vehicle is put a high-spec V6 in it as the std. engine and price it in the mid '20k's, then advertise it to the commercial market as a cheaper, more economic alternative to a full-size truck. It could be the pickup alternative to HHR panel van.

        But, since GM is committed to building the cars of the past rather than cars of the future, this will probably never happen. Luckily, both Ford and Nissan seem to understand that small commercial vehicles are going to be a large market segment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Rob

        You are an immature POS.

        Back On-Topic:

        I'm sad that they killed it but I knew it was dead once everything went downhill for auto companies. Face it, nobody (except maybe Rob and even then he probably just wants to bitch about something) would buy it if you look at the G8 sales.

        FYI I used to drive a F-150 because, you know I had a small penis but now I drive a G8 GT and have a huge penis! But seriously I used to have an F-150 and now drive a G8 GT.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with CKM for the most part. I think the ST was a great idea, just not so much as a Pontiac G8. They should have branded it as a Chevy, and given it a 4-banger as the base motor. Price it under $20K to start with for a bare-bones 4-cyl/5-sp model. Make this thing the road-going competition for vehicles like the Ford Ranger, not the F150, and market it towards the commercial market. This thing needs to be a parts-hauler, not an ass-hauler. This thing needs to be for the weekend trips to the home-improvement store, not for weekend trips to the drag strip.

        cheap Chevy compact uni-body pick-up truck = good idea.
        expensive Pontiac hot-rod pick-up truck = bad idea.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And what exactly is wrong with a truck that can haul things, haul ass, and go around a corner? The G8 is the only pickup I'd be remotely interested in. Unlike most pickup owners, I'm not suffering from penile inadequacy and demand the highest tow rating possible, since I know that I tow anything at max it'd be a pair of jetskis or a small boat. So yeah. Keep on buying your big gigantic pickemup truck with it's gigantic towing ability that shows how tiny your wang is. I'd rather drive something fun and useful.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Keep on buying your big gigantic pickemup truck with it's gigantic towing ability that shows how tiny your wang is"

        Also, I dont drive a pick-up, but I can see the lack of marketability for this vehicle. It does not matter that you want or like it. Even you admit that most American's prefer a real pick-up truck.

        And...Remember the Ram SRT-10. That beast did all the things you just requested and sold in very small numbers, as did the silly Subaru Brat and Chevy SSR.
        • 6 Years Ago
        not without a lot of work.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nothing is wrong with it in theory. In reality, which we are in, this vehicle is a bad gamble at the wrong time. This niche vehicle is not what is needed by GM and actually feeds the fire of GMs detractors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I figured this thing was dead as soon as it was announced...

        Rob, your reasons for wanting this thing don't make it seem any more useful or any less of a potential failure. This takes the ridiculousness of the CUV trend (take an off-road style vehicle and make it less capable and they'll sell more) one step further. A $30k+ truck that isn't very capable at being a truck? $20k, maybe...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rob, with all do respect (and you get very little from me given your statements), you are a dumbass. Very few people buy sports cars or big trucks because they have a small penis. They buy sports cars a.) because they are car enthusiasts or b.) they like to show off because they have the money. Most truck buyers buy them because a.) they NEED a truck or b.) they just freaking like the American-ness of driving a big truck. My guess is that you have never been someone who actually has a job where you need a truck.

        Also, the G8 ST is ugly (in my opinion) and not very useful. Sure, it could haul more than your average camry and get better gas milage than your average Super Duty, but it will not sell. This should be extremely obvious by just looking at how well (or not well) the G8 is selling. The G8 ST would have just thrown fuel on the fire to anti-GM people who say that GM only makes trucks and huge cars with huge engines.


        • 6 Years Ago
        ckm - agreed but the G8ST was/is in no way an answer to what you are asking for (it would have a V6 and would cost in the low 20s). I agree there is a clear market segment that is being neglected that GM could provide a small pickup to fill. The HHR panel truck does provide some coverage just as the little Ford and Nissan vans will. No one else is addressing the small pickup either so maybe we are wrong and there really isn't a robust market out there just waiting for little pickups.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rob: The G8 is the only pickup I'd be remotely interested in.

        adrenalnjunky: for once, Rob and I agree. The G8 ST was a vehicle that was going to fit my needs perfectly.


        Okay that's two sales. Let's see a show of hands. Who would have bought the other ten they would have sold?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "They want gigantic bricks that handle like elephant dung."

        They do, that is what a truck is. They are good at other things. What you said is the equivalent of faulting a Miata for not being able to haul lumber.

        Dont by a truck if you want a corner carver.
        • 6 Years Ago
        for once, Rob and I agree. The G8 ST was a vehicle that was going to fit my needs perfectly. Muddy mountain bikes and beer and camping gear in the back, V8 under the hood, and a mountain road unwinding in front of me. Maybe a small teardrop camper tied to a trailerhitch.

        Alas, not to be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL, quite the penis thing you got there. Might check with your shrink about that penis fixation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To all of you whiners, who suggest this thing would have been a flop, consider that GM was only planning to bring in about 5000 of them. I am sure they could have sold every one of them.

        • 6 Years Ago
        And they would have lost money on each one of the 5000. But, hey, they'll make it up in volume, right? [rolleyes]
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please tell me this is just a rumor. GM can't just introduce an all new vehicle and then discontinue it before it goes into production or on sale.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally some good news out of Detroit!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh well, just take your $30K and go find a nice classic ( I prefer 1964 through 1972 with a 4spd ) El Camino and be happy. I guess I am one of the few people that are a fan of this genre of automobile (er...truck???).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad. I was really looking forward to this. My Dad was looking to get 1 or 2 V6 ST's to replace two older S10's for his HVAC company since he finds the SIlverado to big for what they use it for. Prior to my decision to get a used 2006 GTO once I get my G6 paid off in a few months, I was looking to getting a G8 ST GT since I didn't quite want the Sedan GT and the Coupe60 is a long ways off, if it is to ever arrive in the U.S.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not like it would have generated any sales, anyway. Maybe if it was called the Chevy El Camino......
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pontiac sold 15 thousand G8's last year, despite it possibly being the best car on offer from an American brand. They would've sold about 5 of these.
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